What’s In a Name 2 Reading Challenge

This year I joined the What’s In a Name? Challenge, which has been very enjoyable.  I’m currently reading After the Fine Weather by Michael Gilbert in the Weather category and that will complete this year’s challenge.

Next year the new Challenge is to read one book from each of 6 different categories between January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009:

A book with a “profession” in its title.

  • Dear and Glorious Physician – Taylor Caldwell
  • The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  • Doctor John Lee of Hartwell – Hugh Hanley
  • A book with a “time of day” in its title.

  • The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox,
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club – Kate Jacobs
  • A book with a “relative” in its title

  • Sex Life of my Aunt – Mavis Cheek
  • the Sixth Wife – Suzannah Dunn, Daughters of Fire Barbara Erskine,
  • My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier
  • A book with a “body part” in its title.

  • Needle in the Blood – Sarah Bower
  • A book with a “building” in its title.

  • Castle Dor – Daphne Du Maurier,
  • The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks,
  • The House of Spirits – Isabelle Allende,
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • A book with a “medical condition” in its title.

  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Marcia Marquez
  • These books are all in my to-be-read list, so that should make it not too difficult. My choices in the “body parts” and “medical condition” categories are rather limited at present and of course, I may decide to add different books as time goes by.

    10 thoughts on “What’s In a Name 2 Reading Challenge

    1. Might do this for fun, even if I don’t end up reading them…

      I wonder how many new people will be reading Love in a Time of Cholera! Can’t think of any other ‘medical condition’ titles…


    2. I haven’t finished this years ‘What’s in a Name’ yet so am not sure about signing up for the next one. The new categories are intriguing though.

      Another ‘medical condition’ would be A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe – it’s excellent.


    3. I’m still working on my list from this year (at the moment reading The Flowers of the Field, Vienna, AND Jane and Prudence), but I’m not sure I’ll finish the challenge by the end of the year. Like Simon I might just do this for the fun of it, but it would of course be fun to join the challenge (exactly what I said I was not going to do next year….join many challenges…LOL). Great list. I want to read the Michael Cox book as well!


    4. Michael Gilbert is one of my favourite authors and someone who influenced me greatly. I must admit that ‘After the Fine Weather’ is a book I haven’t read for 30 years, and it didn’t make a great impression on me even then, but many of his books, especially those with a legal element, are quite superb and have stood the test of time. The most famous is probably ‘Smallbone Deceased’.


    5. I’ve made my list on my blog now… and in doing so got quite excited by the thought of doing the challenge! I probably will only manage one or two, but will be fun to have it in the back of my head. But, of the books I own and haven’t read, could only think of one medical condition… The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.


    6. This one does sound fun, but I don’t know if I dare sign up or not. I’m really quite terrible at challenges. I may do as Simon suggested and just see if I can come up with some ideas from my stacks.


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